Institutional Accreditation& Quality Assurance
AU was placed as part of Institutional Listing in 2015; General Qualification Directorate (GDQ) has published the listing report dated 8th July, 2015.
The Higher Education Council (HEC) in Bahrain has implemented a mandatory system of accreditation for the higher education sector. The accreditation is aligned with international standards and is granted on an institution-wide basis for a period of 4 years. The accreditation aims to support confidence by stakeholders in the quality of provision of the institution, and its capacity to maintain and enhance quality, among other things.
Ahlia University achieved institutional accreditation in 2019. The accreditation serves as a quality mark that is expected to enable the institution to expand its international student recruitment activities to new markets.
As one of the Education & Training Quality Authority’s (BQA) core functions, HEIs in Bahrain are subject to institutional reviews where the whole institution is periodically assessed to enhance the quality of higher education, ensure accountability to the public, and identify/ disseminate information on good practice.
In 2010, Ahlia University underwent the (first cycle) Institutional Review whereby:
- The university obtained outstanding results with 9 commendations: The highest for any private HEI in Bahrain.
- The university received a judgement of “good progress” on its follow-up evaluation which was the highest and only such judgement of all (14) HEIs in Bahrain at the time.
- The university was placed in the “first category” universities as part of a three-tier classification announced in the Bahrain Education & Training Quality Authority (BQA) Annual Report 2014 pg. 106.
In 2019, Ahlia University underwent the second cycle Institutional Review, whereby the university was subject to a more mature set of indicators and standards. The university obtained the highest-level judgement – “Meets Quality Assurance Requirements” – ensuring the quality mark and certification for a period of five years.